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Fall Risk Prevention

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active life. About one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around and live independently. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.

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Updates…

Maintaining Physical Activity and Options for Care During COVID-19 and Social Distancing

COVID-19 is causing significant disruptions to all areas of life and presents a serious threat to health. The American Physical Therapy Association supports following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for remaining safe and avoiding unnecessary exposure, which includes staying home and distancing yourself from others when possible.

But practicing social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to stop being physically active or that you can’t get physical therapy care if you need it. Getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity for your age and ability helps to maintain and improve overall health, and it is perhaps even more important during stressful times like these. And if you need physical therapy care, there are options available to you.

First, follow CDC guidelines for personal health habits to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Then, take advantage of the following tips and resources that you can use to maintain your health and fitness, and get answers to frequently asked questions about care while doing your part to stop the spread of the virus.

 

Treatment Options

     Carefree Physical Therapy exists to help others.  As an essential service provider designated by the US Department of Homeland Security, Carefree Physical Therapy is open to provide medically necessary physical therapy and rehabilitation services.  We are committed to caring for you in a safe and supportive environment.

To better serve you during this time of restricted community accessibility and heightened concern for personal exposure to the virus, you are welcome to ask your therapist about the following options:

  1. Private room for your PT visit
  2. PT sessions in your home
  3. Telephone consultation to answer your questions and provide additional home instruction
  4. Electronic E-visits or telemedicine visits as approved by Medicare or other insurance companies, and Arizona state regulations.

Be safe, and always make decisions based on your priorities for your safety and health.

How CAREFREE PHYSICAL THERAPY is Protecting Patients & Staff

Novel human coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is of concern to all of us.

We are taking tangible steps to help prevent the spread of disease and protect our patients and staff.

STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE SICK

A key point is keeping people who are ill away from other people. Therefore, we have instructed any staff feeling ill to remain at home. We ask the same of any patients feeling ill.

PRACTICE PROPER HAND & WRIST HYGIENE

Wash your hands – and your wrists often. Staff regularly wash their hands between patients, but we are placing extra emphasis on this. We ask patients to wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after treatment.

COVER YOUR COUGHS & SNEEZES WITH A TISSUE

Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If no tissue is handy, sneeze or cough into a bent elbow. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing regularly.

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH

People frequently touch their eyes, nose or mouth without even realizing it. Try and eliminate this behavior, particularly after touching objects or being around someone who is coughing or sneezing.

CLEANING & DISINFECTION IN OUR CLINIC

We have always practiced good cleaning and disinfecting protocols and have increased the frequency and depth of those efforts. Rest assured that we are paying extra attention to items that are frequently touched.

Current Onsite Classes

Bones for Life

Movement lessons that will improve your posture, bone health, balance and more.  Additional information at www.bonesforlife.com

Class on Monday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Increase efficient ease of movement with all tasks through gentle verbally guided movement sequences designed to decrease habitual patterns which might not be serving you well.

Class on Tuesday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT – a Feldenkrais practitioner.

For specific Monday and Tuesday evening class schedule,
contact Suzanne at 480-577-0602 or email sgmowry@cox.net